|The 'Full Circle' of Lourdanian Service - 27 April 2017|
Last week, Lourdes Hill students were visited by past pupil (Senior 2012), Lahni Jones, who is a Community Organiser for the Oaktree Foundation. Oaktree is a youth organisation best known for its Live Below the Line campaign, and aims to eradicate poverty around the world.
Lahni was an active member of Lourdes Hill’s service community when she was a student, and was a House Spirituality Leader in her senior year. After leaving school, she became busy with her university studies, but soon found that she deeply missed her social justice work and decided to join Oaktree.
Lahni said that she was thrilled to discover that Oaktree’s values were very similar to Caritas’, which became very familiar to her during her Lourdes Hill years, thanks to the College’s commitment to the charity, and in particular to Project Compassion.
This year, the federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will release its foreign policy white paper, which will ‘set the scene’ for Australia’s foreign affairs policies for the foreseeable future. Oaktree has an opportunity to lodge a submission outlining the key global issues from the perspective of Australia’s youth, and in effect, giving the youth of Australia a voice for this important government paper. Lahni’s visit to the College was to hear from Lourdes Hill students, to find out what they saw as important global issues that we are facing now, and into the future. She will use this feedback to help form Oaktree’s submission to DFAT.
The College was delighted to welcome Lahni back to her old school to continue her service journey and to speak to those who may be just beginning theirs, and in turn, forming a “full circle of service”.
For more information on the Oaktree Foundation, please visit its website.